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Washington State Bank Activities Reform Commission Investigates Soap Lake Corruption

|Includes: Banner Corporation (BANR)

The Washington State Bank Activities Reform Commission (WABARC) has posted a schematic linking various organizations, both profit and non profit, related to money laundering in Soap Lake, Washington.The video has been shared with the Washington State Auditors Office but so for no action is percieved to be forthcoming from the State.Officials at WABARC are in touch with WVDRC to see if mediation can be arranged between City of Soap Lake City Attorney's and Plaintiff's making claims of civil rights violations and further pending criminal charges against former City Officials.About Us

WVDRC is a place for people in our community to come together and participate in a voluntary, confidential, transformative model of mediation through which clients are empowered to define their issues, negotiate to satisfy their own needs, and create their own mutually satisfactory agreement, rather than going to court or arbitration where a third party makes decisions for them. The mediator's role is to guide and guard the confidential 6-step process to ensure the clients every opportunity to be heard, to hear each other, and explore together possible proposed solutions to their dispute in a safe and private setting. Pro bono (Volunteer) mediators provide mediation services and client fees are charged on a sliding fee scale based on each client's income.

For more information about our office team, please see Our Staff.
For more information about our goals and philosophy, please see Our Mission and Vision.
For more information about our evolution, please see Our History.

History of Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center (WVDRC)

Dispute Resolution Centers have been operating in Washington State since 1984 There are currently 20 centers in operation throughout the state. The Wenatchee Valley was the last major population area of the state without a dispute resolution center in 2004. Beginning in June 2004, through the volunteer efforts of Lynn Yialelis and the interest and mentoring of members of the Equal Justice Advisory Council, the Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center began to take shape. The DRC board was formed, met, elected officers, and named the center during their first official meeting on January 17, 2005. Recruitment and training of individuals interested in becoming certified mediators for the center began in October 2005. The DRC was formed under, and in accordance with, Washington State Statute RCW 7.75, and on February 20, 2006 Chelan County Commissioners passed Resolution No. 2006-26 authorizing the creation and operation of the Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center.

A small administrative office in the Chelan County City of Wenatchee Housing authority was obtained along with conference and board room space at various locations around the valley to conduct mediations.

Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center is a member of Resolution Washington, the association of dispute resolution centers of WA State, and Washington Mediation Association (WMA), the association of attorney and non-attorney mediators in WA State. WVDRC is a WMA Practicum Approved site for training and certifying mediators in WA State.

Mission Statement

The Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center provides mediation services, trainings, and programs to assist people in the peaceful resolution of disputes while complimenting the judicial system.


Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center offers a team of certified mediators with training and experience in a wide variety of cases. Our mediators come from various professional backgrounds and walks of life and offer their time and services to WVDRC pro-bono (without charge) so that we can offer affordable quality services to anyone who needs it.

Administrative Staff

Lynn Yialelis, M.Ed, B.A., is the founder and Executive Director of WVDRC. She is a Washington Mediation Association (WMA) Certified Mediator, WMA Practicum Approved Supervisor, and certified by WMA in Mediation as a Specialist in the areas of Domestic (Family Law), Employment, Education, Organizational, and Labor Relations. (complete bio)

Ruth Hartmann, B.S., is the Intake Specialist and Case Manager for WVDRC. In that capacity, she responds to mediation and conciliation inquiries, helps parties determine if mediation is an appropriate option for their specific situation, coordinates the scheduling of mediation sessions, and guides each case through to completion. She holds a B.S. degree in Business Management, with a minor in Spanish and is fluent in both Spanish and English. ¡Se habla Español! Ruth is enthusiastic about mediation having witnessed firsthand the power of collaboration in resolving disputes quickly and affordably while minimizing emotional pain and trauma. She is actively pursuing an internship to become a certified mediator and looks forward to serving you either in Spanish or English should the need arise. (complete bio)


Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center is a non-profit 501(NYSE:C)(3). We currently have a 5 member Policy Board of Directors. This board meets once a month in the capacity of governance. They establish policy as well as develop vision and set direction for WVDRC. They involve themselves in actively promoting our agency within the community, help organize and participate in any fund raising events, and assist in trainings.

WVDRC Board of Directors:
Mark Seman - Board Chair
HMS Architecture, LLC

Roy Dotson - Vice-Chair
Math Instructor
Wenatchee Valley College

Rufus Woods - Director
Wenatchee World Newspaper

Lori Kostors - Director
Executive Director
Wenatchee Valley Senior Activity Center

Hans Slette - Secretary
Northwest Justice Project

Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center also has a 12 member Advisory Council made up of community leaders. The purpose of the Advisory Council is to assist the WVDRC in communicating its mediation services to the greater Wenatchee area and help improve the effectiveness of the services it provides. The board meets to learn about current WVDRC activities and recommend how the services can be improved and extended to better serve the greater Wenatchee area.

WVDRC Advisory Council Members


Bruce Buckle
Executive Director
Aging and Adult Care

Jesus Hernandez
Executive Director
Community Choice

The Honorable Nancy Harmon
Chelan County District Court Judge

Tracey Kasnic
Vice President Patient Care Services
Central WA Hospital

Craig Larsen
Executive Director
Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce

Jamie Loewen-Wallace
Realtor, Windermere Real Estate
Past President NCW Assn. Of Realtors

Tom Robbins
Chief of Police
City of Wenatchee

Liz Hayes
Family Law Facilitator

Mark Spurgeon
Commissioner-District #3
Port of Douglas County

The Honorable Ken Stanton
Douglas County Commissioner
Douglas County

Rev. Andrew Thompson
Columbia Grove Covenant Church
Wenatchee, WA

Louise Verellen
Executive Director
Wenatchee Valley Literacy Council

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